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“Dick was a great person He will be missed. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Richard & Beverly Kohne - IN

“Dick was a great mentor in the UAW and the Democratic Party. He had over half a century of knowledge and experience that he shared with others. Yet...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Gary Schepp - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dick was truly a good friend to me since the International Harvester days. He would always refer to me as the kid when we were together in or in a...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Bynum - Fort Wayne, IN

“I worked with Dick at IHC. He was inspirational. A leader. ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: John Barbier - Naples, FL

“Our Dear Richard, or as he was fondly known, "Tito" was my Mother's (Jose Lavinia Dees) cousin whom she considered her very own Big Brother. He was...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: David Dees - Pearland, TX

“It was a pleasure to know Dick. His warmth and caring for people was clear from the first moment I met him. Our community is a better place because...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Dianne May - Fort Wayne

“Your families are in our prayers. We will surely miss Dick at the Union meetings which we attend. He was a great leader and friend. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: James Morisy - Paulding, OH

“I can consider myself a lucky person for having known Richard. He was indeed a friend to all. I will miss him but I will never forget him. Rest in...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Kathryn Smith - Columbia City, IN

“You will always be in our hearts and memory ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Gary and Jody Burton - Friend

“You will truly be missed my friend. Rest in peace ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Mark Payton - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dick what a great friend you were. You thought so much about the unions movement and each time we got together, it was a meeting of friends butI...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Dave Burnett - Waukesha, WI

“Ricardito, you always wished us God's blessings at Christmas, and because of your faith in Him, I know that you are at this time rejoicing in His...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Kay Manzanares - McComb, MS

“I'm so sorry about the passing of Dick. Democratic Luncheon Club just won't be the same without him. I will miss teasing with him about both of us...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Walker - Fort Wayne, IN

“Thank you brother in solidarity from Friends of the Poor ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Howard Traxmor - Fort Wayne, IN

“Richard left his legacy of helping others especially those who were underrepresented in economics and in social justice. He was the Champion of the...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Rosa Gerra - Fort Wayne, IN

“Don and I are very sad to have lost our friend Richard Merren. For many of us he was more than a leader. He was also a mentor. When it came to...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Jill Long Thompson - Argos, IN

“Deepest sympathy to the family. I have known Richard for many years through the UAW. Remarkable man...always anxious to help others. He was a pillar...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl Phillips - Fort Wayne, IN

“There are thousands of working men and women and scores of elected and appointed officials who owe a debt of gratitude to Dick for his work on their...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Robin Winston - Indianapolis, IN

“you will be so missed by so many of your co-workers and your union brothers and sisters. R.I.P. DICK WE LOVED YOU ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: marlene hall - fremnt, IN

“Oh how you will be missed! I am so honored to have had the pleasure of sitting with you and listening to the stories you told! May you rest in Heaven...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Michelle Collins - Columbia, TN

“Such a tremendous human being he will be missed ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Phinis Hundley - Hodgenville, KY

“Al & I visited Dick on Sat before he passed away at Kingston Rehab so glad we were able to see him that day. Great gentle man and supporter of the...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Julie & Al Sproat & Shuman - IN

“I will miss your beautiful smile, you never forgot our anniversary and that always brought a smile to both Sal and my face. Since you are both...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Faye Bevilacqua - Auburn, IN

“As people today are debating the value of immigrants, they can learn a lot from the life of Richard Merren. A young man who fled political oppression...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Randy Schmidt - Fort Wayne, IN

Fair Trade Francesca and Dick Merren at the Labor Day Picnic in 2013 “Mat and I want to extend our condolences to those who knew, loved and lost our dear friend Dick. He was such a great person and proud trade unionists...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Rachel Bennett Steury - CA

“My cousin Richard Merren, was son of my mother's brother Richard H. Merren Sr. Ricardito or Tito as we lovingly called him, was a genuinely warm,...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Josie Cooper Figueroa - Covington, LA

“Richard and I were friends for over 35 years. One of the best Union Brothers I have had the pleasure to meet and be friend with.Always upbeat and...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Fred Davis - Winchester, IN

“My cousin Richard, son of my mother's brother, Richard H. Merren Sr., was warm, loving, caring, tactful, hard-working, responsible, patient, humble,...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Josie Cooper Figueroa - Covington, LA

“Richard, whom we fondly called "Ricardito" was the sweetest, kindest, loving and funniest gentleman I had the priveledge of being his cousin. I will...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Judy Bennett - Covington, LA


Richard H. "Dick" Merren Jr., passed away September 25, 2017.
Born in La Ceiba, Honduras, Central America on 29 July 1930 to Richard H. Merren Sr and Marina Saravia Merren. Richard graduated from Sam Miguel High School in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. After graduating he came to Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 1948 and attended Indiana Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and once honorably discharged he returned to work at G.E. , He received his United States citizenship in 1956.
7 years later, he went to work at International Harvester, from where he retired after 28 ½ years of service with the closing of the plant on November 1986. Richard was a proud member of the UAW union during his employment with International Harvester and to the present. As member of UAW Retiree Chapter 57 representing the retirees of International Harvester

Throughout Richard's tenure with International Harvester and thereafter, in his retirement held many positions in UAW Local 57 from steward to acting President. On retirement, he was elected as Chair of his Retiree Chapter, Chair of the UAW 4th Area Retiree Council, Chair of Region 3 Indiana - Kentucky Retirees Council. He served as Chair of the UAW Community Action Programs for Adams, Allen, and Wells County from March 1976 to April 2015. Richard was also Chair of the Indiana 3rd District C.A.P. Council, served on the Executive Board of Region 3 UAW C.A.P. Council and Auto Council
A loyal Democrat serving the Allen County Democratic Party as a precinct committee person, County Treasurer, and representative of labor. Richard was elected as a State Convention delegate from 1970 to present and National Convention Delegate six times. Served as a labor liaison for Congresswoman Jill Long and on committees for Mayors Graham Richard and Tom Henry. Served on many executives boards of local agencies, such as United Way of Allen County, Red Cross, Washington House Treatment Center, Catholic Social Services, Indiana Alliance of Retired Americans, United Senior Action of Indiana, Holiday Cab Program to name a few. Richard received many awards, such as the National Red Cross Award for Labor Leadership, United Hispanic Volunteer of the Year, The Mark J. Lawrence Award, The Mack T.Lawrence Award the J. Edward Rousch Life Time Service Award. The Douglas A. Fraser Community Service Award, Region 3 UAW Director's Award, Allen County Democrat of the Year Award, Kentucky Colonel awarded by Kentucky Governor, Steven L. Beshear and Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and many more.
He was a member of The American Legion, Order of the Eagles, NAACP.,A Philip Randolph Institute, and Indiana Alliance for Retired Americans A.P.R.I, and I.A.R.A. Richard loved to dance and fish, but his favorite was meeting people. He had a passion for making new acquaintances into friends. He just loved people regardless of their walk of life. Richard often remarked that as we plant flowers, to enjoy their beauty. People are God's flowers with all the beauty created by God for us to cherish, love, and respect, for as long as He granted us life.

Surviving: son, Antonio Merren of Honduras; sister, Kathryn Merren Wolff of Seabrook, Texas; brothers, Bobby, John, and Jarrod Merren in Honduras; as Richard would say, My adopted kids Leroy and Naomi Brown, and his great extended family- All of the UAW active and retired workers of this great USA.
Preceding in death: wives, Rosalie Merren and Dorotha Crawford Merren; sister, Esperanza Mejia; brothers, Roger A and Winston C. Merren; father and mother, Richard H. and Marina S Merren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday October 3, 2017, Fr Lawrence Teteh,Officating, at St Therese Catholic Church 2304 Lower Huntington Road. with calling one hour prior.
Calling also Monday October 2, 2017 D.O. MCComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave 2 to 5 and 7 to 9pm. Burial will be Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with US Army Honors. A Luncheon will be held after the committal service at the church.Richard requested no flowers. Memorials to Cancer of Allen County. To sign the online guest book go to:www.domccombandsons.com